Look out, NFL. There’s a new kid in town and he looks like he means business. After a promising campaign in 2013, the New Orleans Saints‘ second-year running back Khiry Robinson will seek to make a name for himself this upcoming season.
After going untouched during the selection process, the Saints signed Robinson as an undrafted free agent following the 2013 NFL Draft. Well, it looks like Sean Payton and company got a steal, as the young talent was a factor almost every time he stepped onto the field.
Robinson didn’t see too much action as a rookie, but he still managed to surprise the crowd when handed the pigskin. He totaled 224 yards and a touchdown on 54 carries (4.1 average), but it’s not about the numbers; it’s about the way he got them. Juking and trampling over defenders left and right was his game, and he looks to continue that style of play in 2014.
He’s got the quick feet and change of direction like a speedy wide receiver along with the strength and explosiveness of a ground-and-pound back. In fact, he’s everything you want from an NFL running back. Of course with Pierre Thomas and Mark Ingram in the picture, his numbers won’t be breathtaking. However, with the departure of Darren Sproles, Robinson’s stats should still see a steady increase. He’s no Heisman Trophy winner like Ingram, nor is he an eight-year veteran like Thomas, but his capabilities are just as good, if not better.
We’re not going to see Robinson carry the ball for 1,000 yards with the Saints, but he could be that spark the backfield has been missing in its ground attack for several years now. His playing time is likely going to see a substantial gain, so look for the gifted athlete to light it up in 2014.